Conservation Projects

Captive Waterfowl Survey

In 2004, the IWWA initiated its first Captive Waterfowl Survey after members voiced concerns about the number of species vanishing from captive collections. Surveys were sent to zoos and private collections in an effort to determine the actual number of each of the waterfowl species in captivity. After the results were analyzed, actions were taken…
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Torrent Duck Grant

The Wildlife Conservation Society (Bronx Zoo) applied for an IWWA Grant to collect Torrent Ducks and to build a facility in Chile to house them. The Board of Directors approved $2,500 towards their $28,000 proposed budget. However, due to various political problems within Chile, the program was moved to Venezuela. The IWWA funds were transferred…
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Nene O Moloka’i Program

The IWWA Board of Directors approved a $2,500 Grant to the Nene O Moloka’i Nene program. This program is also supported by the Peregrine Fund. The Nene program has redirected the focus and serves to create actual successes with regards to giving the Nene a better chance for survival in its native habitat. The IWWA…
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Tuberculosis Test for White-winged Ducks

Avian tuberculosis has been a continuing problem in the conservation of certain species of waterfowl especially white-winged wood ducks. The IWWA Board of Directors approved Dr. Gary Riggs Grant for $3,100 for the development of a test for avian tuberculosis in this species with the hope that it will have further application. The grant was…
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Swan Goose Restoration in Russia

The IWWA Board of Directors approved a $2,500 Grant to support the reintroduction of Swan Geese along the Amur River in Russia. This program was headed up by Sergei and Elena Smirenski and was supported by the Moscow Zoo who donated a pair of Swan Geese to start a captive breeding program. They have also…
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Washington Brant Foundation

The IWWA awarded a grant of $1000 to the Washington Brant Foundation to help continue their outreach and conservation activities. The Foundation purchased a high quality mini video camera to build a bank of Brant video footage to be used for education in schools and other public presentations. The Foundation is also developing a proposal…
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New Zealand Brown Teal Grant

The highly endangered New Zealand Brown Teal is threatened by drainage of wetlands, excessive hunting and perhaps most significantly, by predation of feral cats, ferrets, stoats, weasels, rats, pukeko and harrier hawks. Richard and Kay Jaquest of Sussex, UK are considered to be the most successful breeders of this species and the IWWA Board of…
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Trumpeter Swan Emergency Grant

The Trumpeter Swan Society applied for an IWWA Grant to assist in the effort to save valuable breeding stock of this species in Harriman State Park, Idaho. The Board of Directors approved the request for $500 to support their effort. Drought had reduced the amount of water available in the area and water had to…
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Greater Sandhill Crane Research Grant

The IWWA Board of Directors approved a $500 grant to Jeff DiMatteo of St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. The object of this research was to provide information on the breeding biology of cranes in the Northwest Minnesota population, and to identify the migration routes, stopover area, staging grounds and wintering grounds of this population.…
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White-headed Duck Project

The IWWA was made aware of the Spanish white-headed duck problems and at the recommendation of Mike Lubbock (IWWA member) the Board of Directors approved an expenditure of $5,000 to support the preservation of this species habitat. Bill Makins (IWWA member) was also interested in this project and donated funds and his expertise to get…
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